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Masterful communication in the 21st century.


Lynne Schinella is a business speaker and facilitator who works with organisations to help them connect with influence and respect.

At the basis of all Lynne’s work is that when we take to the time to understand and respect each other’s differences, we can connect more effectively, we have less stress, greater productivity, and we get better results.

Her signature keynote, Working With People You Just Don’t Get, has broad application for any audience and most effective used early where her lighthearted but valuable information can help set the scene and provide a language for the remainder of the conference.

Using her Fruit Personality Profiling Tool developed in 2004, she has trained thousands of people on the strengths and challenges of being an Apple, Mango, Lime and Banana and how this impacts the workplace.

Lynne’s audiences value her practical, down to earth approach, her ease at connecting across all levels, her honest and engaging delivery and her ability to make the complex simple and relevant.

Lynne is the author of Bite Me! And Other Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing With Our Differences, and Pick Me! Loving and Living With People We just Don’t Get. She is the host of podcast Fruitful Conversations and Fruitful Pairs.

Previous experience:

Training: Creator of the Fruit Personality Profiling System in 2004, Lynne has trained thousands of people on how to work with the strengths and challenges of being an Apple, Mango, Lime or Banana. Lynne has her audiences focus on understanding these different behavioural types so they can work more effectively together, creating an engaged and productive workforce and a workplace culture of trust, empathy and respect for diversity.
Tourism: Starting in the tourism industry at Qantas, Continental Airlines, UTA French Airlines, Hyatt and Radisson Hotels, Lynne worked with a range of cultures and religions rich in eclectic experience. She studied how the Tahitians, French and Chinese carved out a successful existence through respecting their differences when she lived in Tahiti for 3 years.
Diversity: For ten years she ran Schinella Incentives, a performance improvement company, where she learned that the most successful teams were the most diverse - able to identify and acknowledge their differences, leverage their strengths and build trust and respect.
So when Lynne established Ripe Learning in 2001, it was natural her consulting, workshops and keynotes had a strong message of understanding and celebrating our differences, whether personality, gender, culture, generation or anything else.

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THINK DIFFERENTLY TOGETHER: aka Working with People You Just Don't Get

Practical, relevant and interactive, this session helps everyone to increase their awareness of our differences so they can work more effectively together.

In a frank discussion that brings much clarity, Lynne identifies four different types of human behaviour, showing how each of us have our natural preferences in how we behave, both good and not so good. Participants will learn what their own preferences are, whether Apple, Lime, Mango or Banana, and how to modify their own behaviour to work more effectively with each other.

The use of Fruit has had great success due to its simplicity. In a time when we are bombarded with information, we need knowledge that is easily digested and remembered.

Fruit personalities:
- help us understand others to drive better results
- creates a simple, fun and blameless language to use when facing challenging situations

Lynne's presentation gives people permission to be themselves while providing valuable tools to influence those around them, creating less stress and greater productivity.

For the keynote presentation everyone completes a Fruit profile to determine which preference they are and we work through characteristics of each, both good and those that may cause challenges. It's a lot of fun as people see where others sit and realise why they may have had issues in the past. This leads into discussions on how we can work better with each other and those around us.

If extended to a half day presentation we can either do a team building exercise that demonstrates using strengths of each Fruit OR just work with the leaders who can profile their own direct reports and we workshop how to best motivate and influence them.

Lynne also has a book Bite Me! and other do's and don'ts of dealing with our differences, available for purchase to support her content.

Your audience will walk away with tools to:
- recognise different types of behaviour
- increased skill to influence those not like yourself
- increased understanding of the impact of workplace differences

Message: Include storytelling in business to connect, engage, persuade and influence.

We live in a world bombarded by information. How many emails, meetings, and presentations do you fit in each week?
It’s clear we need ways to cut through the clutter and get our messages to stick. And stories are your secret weapon. Stories breathe life into your message. Stories give meaning to your facts. Stories engage, connect and persuade. Business storytelling is hugely effective...if you get it right.

This presentation will show you why great stories are effective, how to structure them to get the best results and show you how to determine when and where to use them, enabling you to get more of what you want.


You’re fast rising up the ladder towards corporate god/goddess status and that means the expectation for you to speak more in public is upon you. Maybe you fear it, dislike or simply never get the time to prepare. Get over it.

Communicating effectively is a critical business skill, whether in discussions with a client, talking to a team or presenting at an event. Being able to articulate yourself well in public says I’m confident. It gets you noticed. It says you know what you’re talking about. If you can articulate your vision, you become a leader that people want to follow.
And don’t think that because you tell a great story over a beer or chardy with your mates that this skill translates into business conversations. It takes work to be an engaging speaker.

In this keynote, Lynne will not only explore why we need to find our confidence and learn to speak up, but share practical, relevant ideas that attendees can use straight away.

Your audience will walk away with tools to:
- engage and connect more effectively
- present with more confidence
- persuade and influence an audience
My sincere thanks to you for putting on such a dynamic and informative session on presentation skills. I am very passionate about becoming a better presenter and have been to various sessions to that end. Yours has to rank up there in the top one or two for content, delivery and participant involvement. Your ability to both explain and personally demonstrate each topic was outstanding. To 'walk the talk' is a most desirable talent and you have it. Well done! Toyota Motor Corporation

The presentation was everything we could have asked for. It was informative, interactive, upbeat, and prompted delegates to network with one another. The positive feedback from delegates relating to this session was overwhelming. On behalf of Young Engineers Australia, thank you for such a fantastic presentation.

Young Engineers Australia

Fruits for Life brought all our delegates together and gave them a great understanding of how different each of us can be and how to deal with each 'fruit in the orchard' - this session was fun, interactive, very noisy (with all the discussion on whether you were an apple, lime, mango or banana) and was rated one of the highest sessions over the two day conference. Even now three months later I can attend one of our in-house training sessions and someone will always bring this session up - generally its the apples!

Jetset Travelworld

Thank you so much for your inspiring session at our conference. People who would normally fall asleep after lunch were not only energised but were talking about it long into the night, debating how better they can work with an apple next time! Really practical information delivered in an environment where no one felt threatened. Excellent!

Conference and Incentives New Zealand

Lynne researched our business requirements; was attentive to individual challenges and provided effective tools for the preparation and delivery of presentations. All wrapped in a passionate commitment to enable each individual to present confidently to their peers and customers. Lynne and her team at Ripe Learning are a valued partner on our Professional Development program.

Fortior Global
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